The South Bank Exhibition; A Guide to the Story It Tells. Festival of Britain guidebook
- Brief description
- height: 250mm
- HMSO, London
- Cox, Ian
- This is a comprehensive guide to the story behind the exhibition at the South Bank section of the Festival of Britain. The recommendation of this Guide was that, to make the 'best sense' of the large site people should follow a certain route: through 'The Land' to the 'Dome of Discovery' and on to 'The People'.
Although the Festival took place across Britain, the hub of it was built on a reclaimed site next to the Thames in south London.
The artist Abram Games designed the famous emblem for the Festival of Britain, which can be seen on the cover of this plan. First designed in 1948 the emblem underwent several modifications before reaching its final form.This is a guide to the Festival of Britain, which took place in London in 1951.
The Festival of Britain was a celebration of rejuvenation in post-war Britain. It aimed to give British people a feeling that they were recovering from the devastation and austerity of the Second World War, and promoted good design for British homes.
Key designers of the 1950s such as Lucienne and Robin Day exhibited their designs at the festival. Products featured throughout the festival used bold, bright colours and stylised, abstract patterns that provided inspiration for the styles that have come to define the decade.